Top 12 most interesting things to do in El Nido, Palawan

El Nido, Palawan, is a pristine tropical paradise located a little over 400 kilometers south of Manila. A tiny seaside village in Bacuit Gulf that is always proud of its amazing natural beauty.

That is the scenery of white sand beaches, cliffs, turquoise sea, and tropical vegetation. It was also the source of inspiration for Alex Garland’s classic novel “The Beach.”

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Are you ready to make memorable moments for the journey to El Nido?. Here are the interesting things I recommend you do when traveling to El Nido:

1. Conquer Mount Viewpoint Taraw

Let’s tackle the Taraw Cliffs (also known as Taraw Peak), a region of limestone rising out of El Nido, if you wish to enjoy a panoramic view of the Bacuit Gulf.

Climbing to the summit will take a lot of effort, but it will be well worth it! This travel might take between 2 and 2.5 hours.

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2. Visit the island and have lunch buffet

The islands in Bacuit Bay and adjacent areas are not only beautiful, but also provide a variety of tourist attractions. You can pick from one of four exploration excursions of the island, listed below as A, B, C, and D, or combine several tours. Don’t forget to have a superb lunch buffet provided by your guides and crew.

Big Lagoon.

Tour A:

Take you on a tour of Miniloc Island’s small and huge lagoons. You must try kayaking at least once. Do not pass up the chance to swim and snorkel at the Small Lagoon. The most unique aspects of Tour A are in the lagoons, Big lagoon, and Small lagoon. It is also a popular tour that should not be missed in El Nido.

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Tour B:

Take you to visit El Nido’s caves and bays; the most unique feature of tour B is the Snake Sea (with snake forms hovering like a tongue of white sand floating in the ocean).

Snake Island.
Snake Island. Photo:

Because trip B is not popular among visitors, you must do this tour. The tour’s locations are absolutely stunning, with Snake Beach being more gorgeous than any of the beaches on the famous tours A and C. Furthermore because this tour is popular, you will have more privacy.

Tour C:

Take you to the most photographed place in El Nido – Matinloc temple. Tour C is the best tour for those who love snorkeling, exploring the secret lagoon behind limestone mountains. Tour C is the most beautiful tour in 4 hopping island tours of El Nido.

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Tour D:

perhaps the tour with the least visitors among 4 tours. But if you’re not a fan of diving, and just want to wander on the beach, rest, then tour D will be perfect for you. This is also the ideal tour for your wedding.

3. Wander the Twin Beach

Discover the beautiful beaches Nacpan and Calitang (The Twin Beach), 2 of the most beautiful beaches in El Nido. It takes only 45 minutes tricycle or motorcycle from the town. Chatting with the friendly locals and explore the island of Manny Pacquaio.

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4. Explore the Marimegmeg beach

If you are too lazy to go to The Twin Beach, immerse in the sunshine of Marimegmeg beach with only 5 minutes by tricycle from Corong – Corong would also be a good idea.

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5. Wet at Kalit waterfall in Nagkalit

This would be more attractive if combined with Makinit hot. However, this fall only has much water in the rainy season.

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6. Kayaking

To avoid crowds, consider kayaking to explore El Nido’s tiny island on your own. When visiting El Nido, you should go kayaking to hidden beaches, bringing supplies and snorkeling, and having food for lunch. You will get the opportunity to view the sunset with your buddy at the conclusion of the day.

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7. Stay at the Pangulasian island

Pangulasian Island has been one of the main attractions of the El Nido until it became a private island. The resort in this private island offers a variety of tourist attractions.

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You can enjoy the full set of spa treatments, immerse in the sparkling blue water to watch the local marine life, or climb up a nature trail nearby.

8. A day tour at the Cadlao resort

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Just a few minutes walk from the Makulay hostel, you can reach the Cadlao resort. Ask the staff to be able to walk inside the resort and explore the white sandy beaches and beautiful gardens.

9. Enjoy the beautiful sunset in Corong – Corong or Calaan Bay

Corong-Corong Sea, Lascabanas, Calaan Bay is the most beautiful place for sunset-watching in El Nido.

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10. Diving and feeding

Snorkeling will take you closer to the various marine species. This is a wonderful experience for both adults and children.

11. Enjoy Nido Soup

Nido Soup is the only bird nest’s soup from El Nido. Obviously, the name of the dish originates from the El Nido town since the nests are collected from the high cliffs in the area.

The famous restaurant in El Nido – Skyline Inn restaurant has served this soup. You should definitely give it a try.

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12. Go restaurants and enjoy the acoustic bar

Going from one restaurant to another is a common pastime among visitors since eateries are close together. While Skyline Inn restaurant serves local favorites such as Nido soup, Altrove restaurant serves the greatest pizza in town.

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This restaurant is always crowded , you may have to wait 45 minutes if you go later than 7:30 pm. There are many Asia-European dishes, especially acoustic music performances every night at Sea Slugs Cafe and El Nido Art Cafe.

Futher information

Best time to visit El Nido

The best time to visit El Nido, Philippines is between December and March, when much of the Philippines enjoys a lovely, dry season. The weather is ideal—not too hot or too cold. April and May are also part of the dry season, although they are the warm and dry months of the Philippines. Aside from being a very hot time of year to travel anyplace, it is also peak tourist “summer” season. During these months, some hotels charge a little extra. Holy Week (Semana Santa or Easter) is sometimes commemorated in April (or late March). The Holy Week rivals Christmas as the longest holiday in the Philippines. Naturally, a huge number of Filipinos go on vacation or head back to their hometowns. Airports, sea ports, and bus terminals will be extra busy. Hotels will be fully booked. Plan ahead if traveling during this time.


Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to pay 20,000 PHP (470 USD) each night to visit El Nido, Philippines. You may absolutely do so in one of the elite resorts, and please contact me if you do. I’d want to be your buddy. However, for the most part, you may stay at a hotel or a guesthouse in town. Some are beachfront lodgings, while others are in town and only a few minutes’ walk from the beach.

  • Accommodations in town costs around 300 to 1,500 PHP (7 to 35 USD) for a standard double room.
  • Beachfront accommodations tend to be more variable at around 500 to 3,000 PHP (12 to 70 USD).